User Evaluation Serendipity

A nice bit of unofficial user research just thrown into my lap. A few days ago, I created an automatic photo blog to store the pictures from the LightScribe App prototype. I put a few existing pictures on it to test the setup. I was very surprised when it started raining ‘likes’! Hint: go to the bottom of the post and click on the star 🙂

At first it was just nice to feel appreciated, but then I decided to check out which picture had the most likes. And it turned out to be exactly the one I had already chosen to be the basis of my GUI design! So have a look and see if you agree.

Automatic Photoblog: test 3

In order to not keep bothering you with each and every picture I take, I created a new blog especially for the purpose of automatic photo blogging:

lightscribeblog.wordpress.com

Stop by some time!

Automatic Photoblog: test 2

Aha. Now I’ve set up a nice little Automator sequence, but it appears that when I remove a picture from that folder, it mails an empty blog post. I really need to insert a bit that stops the actions if there are no files. Luckily I found this great little download that’s aptly called ‘Stop if Input is Empty’

Now my workflow looks like this:

Combined with the Eye-Fi SD card in my camera (read about it in this post), it really should be snap and post in one go!

Automatic Photoblog: test 1

So this is me trying to set up a feature where I can automatically post pictures to my blog. When my LightScribe prototype will be finished, I can use this to keep track of the results made with the prototype.

Step 1: Post by email.

Slow Shutter Cam

Today I found this great app: Slow Shutter Cam for iPhone. What I like is that although the functionality is quite simple (you can adjust the shutter time), it has positive reviews and people are also using it for light painting.

Good to see that apparently there is a need for this kind of app!

Photoblogging

Just a thought: wouldn’t it be nice to create a photo blog when my prototype is finished? That way I would keep track of what is being made, and have a nice overview at the same time. Got the idea from this blog about photoblogging. Check it out!

Storify

Two weeks ago, we had a workshop by Berke Atasoy, about his co-creation tool named Storify. It is a really nice technique that takes you through a user-inspired ideation process. For most professional designers and design firms, the steps may be obvious, but I like it because it de-mystifies the design process and allows non-designer participants. Plus it provides you with really nice, inspiring stories! Continue reading

Unique Selling Point of the LightScribe App

Instantly create, share and admire beautiful light art together with your friends and smart phone. No rules, just fun!

Have fun together with your friends. Make, share and admire beautiful light art with just your smart phones.

LightScribe app: Have fun making, sharing and admiring cool light art with your friends!

*Which one do you think is better?*

A LightScribe Story

Imagine you are a 15-year-old boy and bored to no end. Finally, the school bell rings and you are done for the day. Usually, you would hang out in the nearby park with friends, doing nothing really. But ever since some of your friends introduced you to it, you are often using the LightScribe app, like today. When you see your friends, you all whip out your smartphones and start the app. The app sees all available LightScribers in a nearby radius, so you can easily select your friends’ group from the list. With some laughs and jokes, the best location is picked. Perhaps when it gets darker outside, you will move to the park, but for now, the decision falls to the bike shed.

The app picks one random cell to be the ‘photographer’. The other participating smartphones are designated ‘light sources’. You are picked to be one of the light sources, and the screen of your cell Continue reading

Code Writing, Part 1

I think the code for this project would include a ‘loop’ where two functions are alternated: broadcasting (A) and receiving (B). How would this work?

The simplest example would be that two units would only influence each others’ colors, depending on their distance to each other (closer together or wider apart).

The code would exist of two functions: one that broadcasts color value, and one that reads signal strength and color value, and then assigns a new color to the LCD. Each node would switch between these two functions.

Thanks to Julia Nacsa, for helping me to get started!